Fine Print Beneficial to Sight

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Zetsu, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Zetsu

    Zetsu Guest

    [...FACTS VERSUS THEORIES

    Reading fine print is commonly supposed to be an extremely dangerous
    practice, and reading print of any kind upon a moving vehicle is
    thought to be even worse. Looking away to the distance, however, and
    not seeing anything in particular is believed to be very beneficial to
    the eyes. In the light of these superstitions the facts contained in
    the following letter are particularly interesting:

    "On reaching home Monday morning I was surprised and pleased at the
    comments of my family regarding the appearance of my eyes. They all
    thought they looked so much brighter and rested, and *that* after two
    days of railroading. I didn't spare my eyes in the least on the way
    home. I read magazines and newspapers, looked at the scenery; in fact,
    used my eyes all the time. My sight for the near-point is splendid.
    Can read for hours without tiring my eyes... I went downtown today and
    my eyes were very tired when I got home. The fine print on the card
    (diamond type) helps me so... I would like to have your little Bible
    (a photographic reduction of the Bible with type much smaller than
    diamond). I'm sure the very fine print has a soothing effect on one's
    eyes, regardless of what my previous ideas on the subject were."

    It will be observed that the eyes of this patient were not tired by
    her two days railroad journey, during which she read constantly; they
    were not tired by hours of reading after her return; they were rested
    by reading extremely fine print; but they were very much tired by a
    trip downtown during which they were not called upon to focus upon
    small objects. Later a leaf from the Bible was sent to her, and she
    wrote:

    "The effect even of the first effort to read it was wonderful. If you
    will believe it, I haven't been troubled having my eyes feel 'crossed'
    since, and while my actual vision does not seem to be any better, my
    eyes feel a great deal better."...]

    - "Better Eyesight", January 1920
     
    Zetsu, Apr 2, 2008
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Thanks for yet another unverifiable, third-hand anecdote.
     
    Neil Brooks, Apr 2, 2008
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    Zetsu Guest

    It's so easily verifiable.

    Just try the experiment!
     
    Zetsu, Apr 2, 2008
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    Don W Guest

    Actually, if people _did_ read the fine print, we wouldn't be in the
    mortage mess we are into now. Just an (hmmm) observation.

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Apr 3, 2008
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    Zetsu Guest

    Good point
     
    Zetsu, Apr 3, 2008
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